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Pondoro Game Lodge
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

It's been 4 months since we've stayed at Pondoro and our memories grow fonder by the day. In our opinion this is the most outstanding place we've ever stayed at after traveling to over 30 countries. The intimate setting in the Balule Game Reserve (which is continuous with Kruger) allows you to get to know the staff and your fellow travelers. We stayed in the Buffalo suite and thoroughly enjoyed the accommodations. From the deck of your suite you can see a variety of wildlife. From the moment you arrive at Pondoro you are treated like a special member of their family. The game drives are unlike anything you've ever experienced. The excitement of following a leopard through the African bush or watching a lion walk 6 feet from your vehicle is unparalleled. Although you are in close proximity to the wildlife, we felt completely safe. The drivers and spotters go out of their way to make sure you see as many animals as possible. We saw the big 5 and much more. Make sure you go on the bush walks with Eric. One of our most exciting moments happened on the bush walk when we encountered an elephant. Every game drive is a different and exciting adventure. The food is OUTSTANDING!!! There was not one meal that was not 5 star quality and they always make sure you have plenty to eat. We have encouraged everyone we know to visit Pondoro and you should do the same. You will not regret it!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2013

Dear AJKTRK

Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. It is wonderful to see that you rate Pondoro as the most outstanding place that you ever visited. It is a honor and huge incentive to continue in offering excellent service and food.

Greetings from the bush,

Robbie and Pondoro family

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Reviewed December 20, 2012

It was the best stay we ever had. I had choose this place for our engagement and I was right about it. My thx are going expecially to Lize and all the staff that manage to prepare for us special moments with private romantic dinners and great food that have no compare. Our suite was very nice and lodge is perfect as well. Game view was great and we had saw as many animals as in Sabi Sand for ex. even that country is more rocky. So thank you and we would love to come back again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Helicid
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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2013

Dear Helicid

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Fantastic to see that it was the best stay that you ever had! We are honored that you chose Pondoro as the place to get engaged at and grateful that you saw and appreciated all the little things that the staff did to make this occasion special.

Greetings from the bush,

Robbie and Pondoro family

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

My wife and I stayed three nights at Pondoro Game Lodge and it was the highlight of our South African holiday. Robbie led most of our game drives and we were able to see all the big 5 with the exception of the Black Rhino. When not on game drives we enjoyed time at the spa and dining on the great meals Lize and her staff prepared. Our chalet was quite spacious with a sitting area, huge stone tub, king size bed, and a large balcony overlooking the Oliphants River. We had a great stay and highly recommend Pondoro to anyone that is looking for an amazing adventure.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Marshall H
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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2013

Dear Marshall H

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am honored to see that your stay at Pondoro was the highlight of your South African holiday.

Greetings from the bush,

Robbie and Pondoro family

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Reviewed December 6, 2012

To find this kind of luxury in the middle of nowhere is a real treat. The meals worthy of a 5 start hotel... the chalet and service impeccable. No matter how hard Robbie tried, we did not find elephants but seeing the Black Rhino couple nuzzling by the termite mound made up for it.
If we didn't live so far away we would be back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2013

Dear Sven S

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very glad to see that you enjoyed the luxury of our rooms as well as our excellent cuisine. You are right when you say that the black rhino was special as they are very endangered and any sighting of these animals would be a highlight of any safari trip.

Greetings from the bush,

Robbie and Pondoro family

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed 3 nights at pondoro and had an excellent stay! the staff was really nice and the food was amazing. The place is beautifull and well maintained. We saw all big 5 and more animals. I really recommend this place because they really care and make an effort that u will see the animals. everything was just great, I have no complains.
Orly & Amit, Israel.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank AllisonGreen2108
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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2012

Dear Orly and Amit

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for all the kind words.

Greetings from the bush,

Robbie and Pondoro family

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

What an incredible place to stay, from the people to the food, the accommodation and thelocation, as well as the safari trips each day - talk about getting up close and personal to the animals! One night our car was surrounded by lions - so close you could almost reach out and touch them! We went walking after elephants in the bush and had some fantastic encounters with other wildlife such as hippos, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, snakes! Pondoro is like a tranquil oasis in the middle of the bush - I don't think I have ever felt so rested as I have here. I recommend the spa too! All in all a real once in a lifetime experience, though it may be more than once as I'd love to go back! Thank you to Lise, Robbie, Rul and the rest of the team. Melanie and Yovanny from Sydney, Australia, via Colombia, UK and West Africa!!

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra and get one of the suites - beautiful! Chalets lovely too though
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2012

Dear Melanie and Yovanny

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to host you at the lodge and it is great to see how much you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you soon again.

Greetings from the bush,

Robbie and Pondoro family

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

A visit to Pondoro is a must for anyone visiting Kruger Park. The environment, ambiance, level of commitment and expertise from all staff at the Pondoro Game Lodge is exceptional. To be brought up close to a pride of Lions, herd of Elephants and Rhino is fantastic, but it was surpassed by the magnificent Leopard tracked so expertly by Robbie and Andris. On return to the Lodge we were then absolutely spoilt by Lize and her culinary skills. The 4 days went too fast but we will forever remember our lovely chalet by the river, entertained by the family of monkeys and cared for by a group of dedicated and exceptional friends at Pondoro.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2012

Dear Maurice F

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Good to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and that everything from the setting of your chalet and the ambiance to the food and game viewing was found to your liking.

Greetings from the bush,

Robbie and Pondoro family

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Address: Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range: $727 - $1,209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on the cool riverine banks of the Olifants River (largest in Kruger) in the 40 000 ha Big 5 Balule Private Game Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, elegance and a canvas on which to create a truly unforgettable African safari.In this small, very exclusive 16-bed lodge ( owner managed ) you will discover the only way to experience the African bush. In addition to luxurious accommodation and the caring attention from trained professionals, our visitors are lavished upon with international fare and humble African hospitality.Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where Traditional African Cuisine fuse effortlessly with modern European trends.To compliment the food, select any of our fine wines from our extensive wine cellar. Vegetarians are specially catered for. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River (weather permitting).Between game drives in open safari cruisers, nature walks and peaceful afternoon naps, enjoy a dip in the sparkling rock pool, a spot of sun bathing or browse through the library. The Pondoro bar is the ideal spot to quench your thirst and grab a snack. ... more   less 
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